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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Has anyone thought of not doing law?
« on: January 31, 2005, 01:02:00 PM »
I have to agree with plumbert here.. as a former classical musician, you'd think that job would be 'fun' and 'cool' and 'interesting' but something I learned quickly: it's a business, kid.  I think that, after having invested myself in something that was supposed to be 'fulfilling', I realized that I didn't necessarily have to be fulfilled by my *work* to be fulfilled as a *person*.  I think it would be wise to consider that just because you don't feel personally fulfilled by a job doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.

I have worked in law firms, worked in in-house counsel offices, etc.  And yeah, they're right.  Long hours, lots of dedication, etc. (although I will argue that I knew attorneys at large firms that worked 9-5:30 every day and came in maybe 2-3 hours on the weekends and their billable time was fine--as I observed, the work load and hours have a lot to do with the practice area).

But honestly, there was a vast range of opinions regarding the profession.  Yes, some hated it, but others really enjoyed it.  I think attitude and optimism have everything to do with it!

PS - I sort of have to laugh at the attys that whine about working 45 hrs a week.  As a musician I was scrambling around all the time for gigs, practicing, teaching, etc., and wasted a whole lot more than 45 hours a week in pursuit of trying to pay my rent!

LSAT horror stories / Re: So, are you joining mensa?
« on: January 31, 2005, 01:21:21 AM »
As a current member, I couldn't agree more with bhvexille's comments.  I joined after taking Mensa's standardized test (although my GRE score was enough to get me in as well) and instead of finding bright, open-minded intellectuals, I found a group of really snotty super-conservative super-religious whack jobs.  Of course, living in the Bible Belt might have something to do with it.

I've heard horror stories about people putting it on resumes and such.  A real no-no.  People don't really want to know that according to some test, you're in the top 2% of intelligent life on the planet (as Mensa is fond of claiming).  Furthermore, anyone I've ever told has wound up treating me differently.  For these reasons, I decided not to renew my membership this year.

Funny thing, even though I'm already in Mensa, I can't get above a 158 so far on practice exams!

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Call out to PhD's: back to school?
« on: January 28, 2005, 04:15:12 AM »

I feel your pain, bud.  I'm halfway done with a doctorate in music and I'm getting the whole "don't close the door on your talent" routine.  That's all great, but who's going to pay my bills?  And of course my argument (in true 'weaken' LSAT format) is that if this is about talent, wouldn't I be doing a disservice to my brain and analytical ability by not being an attorney? 

The bottom line is, I don't think any of us suffered by our extensive backgrounds.  In a certain sense, I'm glad I went as far as I did; I feel very confident that I explored everything I wanted to explore and now I feel the timing is perfect to move on with this new chapter in my life.

The worrying advisor thing:  I think in a certain sense, the Ph.D/Humanities community has this sense that because you haven't gone to med school or gotten an MBA that you aren't tough enough to 'dog it out' in the real world.  That's just nonsense.  Rather than focus on the negative, I say that your extensive education makes you a much more well-rounded applicant; certainly a better candidate than the average bloke on here applying to law school straight out of UG. 

Our time is the *right* time.  Viva la non-tradicionnaires!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Easiest Undergraduate major
« on: January 28, 2005, 04:01:02 AM »
I'm so glad that none of you said music!  I have done a bachelor's, master's and half a doc in performance and I worked my a$$ off.  Imagine all the coursework everyone has to do, plus a good 3-5 hours every day of practice.  Public performance, competitions, studying THROUGH winter and summer breaks (summer programs).. At many schools music performance isn't a major--it's a way of life. 

I'm sure law school is the same way!

Non-Traditional Students / Unsupportive friends; Moral obligation?
« on: January 15, 2005, 06:07:50 PM »
Hi all,

As a non-trad applicant (30yo), I'm noticing that several of my friends are treating my application to law school in a totally unexpected manner: general disapproval and scorn.  It may be because of my background and my current profession (classical musician/teacher) but I'm getting accused a lot of 'selling out' and 'becoming one of them' and so forth. 

Furthermore, as I am a doctoral student at the moment, one of my friends even went so far as to suggest that I had a moral obligation to withdraw from the doctoral program for the remainder of the academic year since I was obviously "wasting the university's money" and "preventing someone from receiving funding because I'm biding time."

I suppose my opinion is that people enter school for many reasons, and their interest and commitment also wanes; i.e., not everyone who is enrolled is equally motivated or dedicated, therefore simply because I'm switching disciplines doesn't mean that I should automatically cut all ties with my former discipline and start life anew.

Has anyone else had a similar dilemma or similar reactions?  I'd love to get some feedback here!


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